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>> susie: japan in crisis. a massive earthquake rocks the asian nation. that unleashed a powerful tsunami pushing rivers of water through coastal cities and farmland. >> tom: with damages likely in the billions of dollars, we look at whether the crisis will derail japan's economic recovery and the global comeback. you're watching "nightly business report" for friday, march 11. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> tom: good evening, everyone. a state of emergency in japan tonight. officials are still trying to assess the scope of the damage and casualties from that massive earthquake. susie, the magnitude of the quake 8.9 is the strongest on record in japan. >> susie: tom, it's still not clear what the devastating earthquake will do to japan's fragile economy and the global markets. here in the u.s. despite the japan's stock index tumbled almost 180 points closing just minut
morning here in japan. and the only thing we can actually get to see is the vast area covered by fire. now we are taking a look at rescue operations in yamamoto town in miyagi prefecture. you can see people on the roof. they are being lifted by probably a helicopter up there. the rescue operations are being carried out. these are the self-defense forces of japan rescuing them. you can see people being lifted off the rooftop. we are still seeing the pictures of yamamoto town in miyagi prefecture which saw tsunami waves of about four meters high. and we say four meters but that's the data that we've got. and not considering the fact that no more data has been sent about the height of the tsunamis that could even be much higher than the recorded four-meter height in miyagi prefecture. there's a wide area shot of yamamoto city in miyagi prefecture. people being lifted in helicopters. there's more. we have more footages of rikuzentakata in iwata prefecture. you can see a rescue operation. they are forcing people off the rooftops. they are leaving behind ruins. the devastation of the massive ear
earthquake that devastated the bay area. japan is still feeling the aftershocks tonight and all this means something to each and every one of you watching because we all live in earthquake country. the devastation in japan lets know how vulnerable we >> reporter: for many of us, take a look at this videotape where you can see the four faults that seismologists know of here in the bay area. they are the san andreas, hayward, rogers creek fault. they're located in urban areas. experts believe the rogers creek fault located in the santa rose area will be the next one to cause a major earthquake because a lot of tension is built up underground. there's a major difference between the japan earthquake and the loma prieta, the one we experienced back in 1989. >> in the loma prieta, we were very close santa cruz, san jose and we then saw lots of shaking in the san francisco peninsula. the devastation in san francisco was very localized due to particular types of ground motion that caused strong shaking. >> reporter: the map you see here shows where the quake struck in japan and how far it struck b
the most powerful earthquake ever to rock japan. we're getting a better idea of the size and scope of the disaster. it is massive and heartbreaking. japan's prime minister putting the call out for help and the united states responding. we'll tell you how. >>> and this morning, a dangerous new threat, an explosion, and a leak from one of the damaged nuclear power plants. the world is watching, it's waiting, it's ready to help. >> from cnn center in atlanta, it's march 12th, i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm andrew stephens in hong kong. we'd like to welcome viewers in the united states and around the world to our special coverage of the disaster in japan. >>> it is now 10:00 at night in japan. most rescue operations have stopped, but the concern over more aftershocks even more tsunamis remains. there have been more than 180 aftershocks since the 8.9 earthquake and massive tsunami struck northeastern japan's coast. at least 900 people are dead, 600 more are missing, an undetermined number injured. early rescue efforts were difficult because of the aftershocks. plus there have been tsunami w
and tsunami that rokd japan may be over, but the danger for the millions there remains. there have been hundreds of aftershocks and perhaps the biggest concern, damage to one of the country's nuclear reactors. good morning. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, i'm randi kaye. >> i'm becker anderson coming to you from london. it's saturday, march 12th. welcome to our special coverage of the quake and tsunami disaster. >> it is just after midnight in japan. it's sunday there now. the biggest concern this hour, an explosion at a nuclear power plant. aftershocks continue to hit japan. the latest within the last couple of hours. several countries coming to the aid of japan. a search and rescue team from los angeles among those emergency personnel headed to japan. there have been more than 180 aftershocks since the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck japan's northeastern coast. at least 900 people are dead. in one town alone, 9500 people missing. that is more than half of that community's population. an undetermined number are injured. highways in that part of japan are damaged and utility s
prieta quake. now, the latest. >> fresh pictures from the tsunami as the sun rises in japan revealing massive plumes of smoke, fires burning out of control and entire neighborhoods simply washed away and survivors gathered on roofs. in one parking lot, a joint s.o.s.. >> this is where it all starts. 2:46 local time. debris rains down as people rush out into the streets stunned. >> back inside this bookstore you can see the fear and incomprehension on the face of the workers. at the same moment, frantic scenes playing out across the country. ground beneath our feet gives way. school children running for their lives. news anchors wearing helmets on air and television in this office rattling uncontrollably. [ siren ] >> then round two as the tsunami siren wails. >> furious wave comes roaring in at 500 miles an hour with others lined up behind it. the walls of water crash a store with astonishing power, ma rowdy go across the countryside swallowing everything in the way. >> it looks like the tsunami has been enveloping the port. you are seen live footage of the tsunami. this is what is ha
news. >>> devastation in japan on the left, damage here in california on the right. after a powerful tsunami killed hundreds and roared across the pacific. good evening, everyone, i'm frank somerville. >> and i'm julie haener. the monster earthquake that battered japan is literally sending shock waves around the world. the rare great wake generate add tsunami that pushed walls of water into japanese towns and villages causing untold damage and misery. ktvu's janna katsuyama is live in san francisco's japan town where this natural disaster is on almost everyone's mind. >>> well, this neighborhood has been the community and the heart of the japanese people here in san francisco. of them have that on their mind as they watch this natural disaster unfolding. the wall of water 23 feet, seven metres high that came crashing down on north eastern japan pushed people's homes and buildings off foundations and swept cars into a swirling tide of tsunami debris. today people are still feeling shock and waves of after-shock. more than 110 of them, larger than 5/0 with the largest registering 6.8.
waves, resulting from the 8.9 earthquake in japan. we're also told a great -- the great highway in san francisco has reopened and muni service has been restored. all right. we'll be back in 30 minutes, at:00. see you then. at 6:00. see you then. th s. a record earthquake in japan triggers a mammoth tsunami that washes away everything in its path. hundreds are dead. the search for victims, just beginning. i'm katie couric. extensive coverage to want of the disaster in japan. and the tsunami that spread across the pacific to the u.s. reaching the west coast. japan declares a state of emergency at a nuclear plant as radiation levels surge. the area around it is evacuated. and the ring of fire. why this area of the pacific is so vulnerable to earthquakes. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. it is saturday morning in japan. the sun is up and the extent of the catastrophe is becoming painfully clear. it's been nearly 24 hours since a powerful earthquake touched of
world news -- news. >> the morning after, japan struggles to deal with two disasters of staggering force and skate. a massive queark, -- earthquake, then a tsunami. officials confirm 200 dead but expect the numbers to rise sharmly. and there is a worry about damage around the if you can if you can power -- fukushima power plant. we take you inside zsa zsa -- war isia -- for a look at the fiercest fighting in lebia. for sheer terror and destruction, the awesome scale of what the natural world can do to us, perhaps only volcanos come close. the japan earthquake, one of the biggest the world has ever seen. it struck off the coast near the city of sendai in the late afternoon. tsunami alerts were declared in several countries. alan little reports. >> how suddenly it strikes. mortal danger descends almost in the blink of an eye and without warning. it is terrifying. in an instant, there is chaos. then from the vastness of seat there is a threat more menacing still -- a wall of water more than 20 feet high advances across the ocean at speeds of up to 500 miles an hour, the speed of a jet aircr
able to switch to backup, to on site diesel generators. remember, the earthquake that hit japan was offshore. the tsunami caused by the earthquake didn't hit shore until about an hour after the big quake. so at 2:46, after the quake, but before the tsunami, the reactor is shut down. right? and they lost power. but their on site generators were working to keep the thing cool. but then 55 minutes later at 3:41 local time, a second announcement came from that plant. now the backup generators were out, too. we don't know if they were knocked out by the tsunami, timing seems right, but the backup power source failed. then the daiichi was back to the battery powered. and that only lasts until the batteries hold out, if they can't be recharged. the stakes are high. if they cannot keep power onto keep water circulating through the cooling system around the nuclear core, it will evaporate the water around it, the core will be exposed, and it will melt down, and that is very bad. authorities initially evacuated a two mile radius around the plant. then extended that evacuation area to six
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> a new day in japan revues -- reveals the next scale of devastation. hundreds of people are dead and towns and cities have a been devastated. >> i wasn't thinking about anything other than surviving because there was this very real sense of panic. >> a state of emergency issued after two new power plants, tens of thousands are urged to evacuate their homes. a massive relief operation, the japanese government has asked for international help. tsunami alerts have been downgraded across the region. welcome to bbc news, broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. a mammoth relief mission is swinging and action in northeastern japan after it was struck by a devastating tsunami claiming hundreds of lives. the disaster was triggered by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful since records began in that country. states of emergency have been declared. people living nearby, up to 300 bodies have been found. >> suddenly it strikes. almost in the blank of the night and without warning. it is terrifying. there is a threat
the hard-hit area in northern japan. he just learned his mother is alive and so is his sister, who's still trapped at her workplace in sendai. >> how do you feel now? >> i'm just happy kind of. >> you feel relieved, i imagine. >> yeah, relieved. >> but it's bittersweet because he says so many others have lost so much. thelma gutierrez, cnn, los angeles. >>> top of the hour, a look at the top stories. help is coming from all directions to earthqua earthquake-devastated japan. these are search dog teams arriving from south korea. u.s. military ships are delivering food and relief supplies and a british rescue team is scheduled to arrive on sunday with heavy lifting equipment and 150 rescue experts and search dogs from virginia and california are on their way to japan to help right now. >>> a few people have tested positive for radiation exposure according to a report on japanese public television. they were near a nuclear facility when something inside the plant exploded shortly after the earthquake. government officials say the reactor itself was not damaged. >>> and hawaii is moving to get
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of japan and a terrible day for the world. if you want to help the people of japan in the wake of this disaster, text to red cross to 90999 and donate $10 to the american red cross. that will help those poor people >>> more than 24 hours after the worst earthquake in japan's history, the scope of the disaster is massive and hear breaking. the one-two punch of the tremors left buildings dune. the death toll is climbing t. rescuers are frustratingly slow. >> this morning, a dangerous new threat. an explosion and leak from a power plant. the world is watching, waiting and ready to help. >> it's march 12th, i'm randi kaye. >> i'm in hong kong. we would like to welcome viewers to our coverage of the disaster in japan. >> japan is struggling. there have been dozens of aftershocks after the 8.9 earthquake. at least 900 people are dead. at least 700 more missing. an undetermined numbers are injured. rescue efforts are going on. highways in the northeast are damaged and utility services are out. the devastation, unbelievable. a tsunami more than 23 feet high washed over japan. this is t
>> as fast as the water swept across japan it has now receded, leading behind a mess. stunning new video from the disaster in japan. hello and welcome to our viewers from the united states and around the world. you are watching world report here on cnn. japan has declared states of emergency at two nuclear power plants. the nuclear agency said a small amount of proactive cesium has escaped. this was probably caused by the melting of a fuel rod. they are continuing to fuel the fuel by pumping the water around the rods. radiation levels are more than eight times where the plants about 250 kilometers northeast of tokyo. the plants are having problems with their cooling systems after friday's monster quake unleashed a ten meter high tsunami thatter to through coastal towns and cities. an expert we talked with earlier says this is a very dangerous situation. >>> a new day in japan with new scenes of devastation. japanese news agency now reports 433 people are confirmed dead. almost 800 others are missing. rescuers are reaching for survivors. schools of buildings are collapsed or damaged
but be concerned about what's really going on. >> yeah, absolutely. emily peck on the line in japan in the town of koriyamma. she grabbed her passport and started running. at least she's now safe. >>> two extraordinary scenes. those cracks in the grounds we saw in some of the images and the ground apparently will not stop shaking in much of japan. strong aftershocks making rescue that much harder. >>> concerns about nuclear reactors in the quake zone. people nearby are being told to get even further away from them. >>> and the world responds. aid, supplies, food and equipment all beginning to arrive. i'm fredericka whitfield. >> i'm john borse from cnn international and you're watching breaking news. the disaster in japan. let's get you updated. >> it is right now the middle of the night in japan where half the people in one northern town are still unaccounted for. that's about 9500 people. the town is right on the coast very close to the earthquake's center and where the tsunami crashed ashore yesterday. a major concern right now, 10 nuclear reactors near the quake site are shut down. a huge e
>>> the rush to get home. people in the bay area heading to japan to check on family and friends. >> and grave new concerns about one of japan's many nuclear plants is a full >> death toll from japan's zeg 8.9 earthquake is growing by the hour. official numbers show 413 people are dead 800 others are missing and 1100 have been injured in the most powerful earthquake in recorded history for japan. >> and the nuclear safety commission says a meltdown is possible at a damaged nuclear power plant. >> travelers trying to get to japan waited today to catch a flight out of san francisco international. >> and the tsunami from the quake damaged boats and docks in sanity creates with remarkable force. in japan the prime minister is sending in 50,000 troops to help with rescue efforts. >> it's been 25 hours since the powerful quake rocked japan and released the tsunami that swallowed parts of the country. >> it's already saturday in japan and the sun rose in the morning it revealed the devastating impact. countless cities decimated by fire and flooding. it splintered buildings setting tons
a look at the crashing boats. >>> we have a team of reporters covering the impact of the japan quake here in the area. we begin with allie rasmus, she's in san jose this morning. >> reporter: we're standing over a bridge overlooking san jose harbor. earlier this afternoon there were hundreds of people peering over the edge, checking out the activity and looking at damage like what you're looking at right now. that is part of a dock that broke. we spoke to one woman who was standing on the dock as it started to break off. >> i was trying to run as fast as i could. then the dock broke up between my feet and i leaped across and got to the other side. >> reporter: doris welches boat survived. her boat is not just for fun, it is also her home. which each surge there was more damage. boats with broken masts toppled aimlessly. >> we started filming over here and the boats were completely being lifted up. and the boats started crashing into each other and capsizing. >> reporter: we watched one yacht start to take on water, and within minutes the channel had swallowed it up. >> there was a wake wa
this morning on the earthquake and the tsunami in japan as well as the new tense development at one of its nuclear power stations. but before we get to that, we want to check in with rosemary because rain is on the way. hi, rosemary. >> good morning to you! today mainly dry. maybe a spritz, that's about it. by sunday we're definitely going to see the rain. tsunami advisories still in place for our local coasts. we'll update you on that in just a few moments. for today we'll be turning cloudy, by tomorrow the rain will return. and into next week looks a bit unsettled with a few storms expected to follow. this morning we are partly cloudy and cool. we'll look at your current temperatures coming up. >>> we start this morning with the very latest on the developing situation in japan following a deadly earthquake and tsunami. the 8.9 magnitude quake hit thursday night, resulting in a 23-foot tsunami that pulverized the northeastern apartment of the coast. today there was an explosion at a nuclear power station and right now a massive military response is underway to help many of those affected
first want to begin with images coming out of japan. the death toll is rising. but we don't know exactly how bad it is. because some of the worse hit areas were blocked away or wiped out. sos has been spelled, help is needed over the region. cameras captured the disaster. the 8.9 quake hit hard at 2:46 in the afternoon. the shaking went on for more than two minutes. at an airport, some huddled over the roadway and watched the ceiling crash down. within an hour, a tsunami roared ashore. wiping out farmland in ha matter of seconds. and the at the prefecture you could hear screams. it looked like a movie but it was all real. the buildings devoured by the wave in an instant. a stream of debris flow trapping cars and tearing entire homes away. boats and barges alike battled the incoming waves. which triggered a massive whirlpool. in one submerged neighborhood someone waved a white cloth from their second story window for help. the latest reports say 200 bodies were found along the water line at the closest city from the epicenter: the casualty report is lower than that. 741 missing and more
>>> the sun will be rising soon over japan. day two since the country's biggest ever earthquake flattened cities and cents a tsunami smashing into the coast. of course it's too soon to hammer down a death toll, but japanese television reports that more than 900 people are dead. that figure doesn't include casualties in hard-hit areas not yet reached by rescue crews. in one coastal town about half the population is still unaccounted for and that's about 9500 men, women and children. >>> meantime, a few people have actually tested positive for radiation exposure according to a report on japanese public television. they were near a nuclear facility when something exploded shortly after the earthquake. government officials say the reactor itself was not damaged. >> and in some japanese towns today, no two ways to say it. the destruction is complete. nearly no structure is standing. nearly no car is right side up. people we have talked to say they felt strong aftershocks throughout the night. so one of those correspondents just arriving in tokyo within the past 24 or so is martin sav
's breaking coverage of the unprecedented quake disaster in japan. >> frantic search and rescue operations are currently under way. 36 hours after that massive earthquake and tsunami tore through the country. right now it is 3:00 a.m. there and there's growing concern about fuel and food shortages. humanitarian aid is on the way from the u.s. and other countries. with so many roads damaged, the challenge will be getting all of that aid to the people who need it. more than 200 aftershocks have jolted japan since the quake hit, and some of them quite powerful. several happened near a nuclear plant where one reactor has been overheating since friday's earthquake. >> officials say an explosion there involved an outer building, not any of the reactors. people living within 12 miles of the plant have been told to evacuate. before nightfall, more than 3,000 people were rescued across the country. the death toll has topped 900. and officials now fear it could grow higher. we're getting new video in from japan and it really is something to watch. take a look. >> ireporter aaron sent this to us. he
.9 magnitude earthquake hit japan. there have been more than 125 aftershocks. >> original quake crumbled buildings, triggered a tsunami that carried away everything in its path and tonight, japan is dealing with the threat of a nuclear meltdown. >>> good evening, i'm ken. >> and i'm dana king. japan's nuclear safety commission said a meltdown at a plant affected by the country's massive earthquake is possible. there is a state of emergency because of a cooling system failure at a power plant. everyone in a six mile radius has been ordered to evacuate, though no radiation has been detected. officially since the quake and tsunami, there are 236 declared dead. 625 missing and more than a thousand injured. that doesn't count the 200 to 300 bodies in an area authorities can't get to because of the damage to the roadway. >>> and just a day later, we are getting a broader look at the power of both the earthquake and the tsunami. grace lee gives us a tour of the damage. >> the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in japan rocked its people to the core. the 8.9 magnitude quake gave skyscraper
. the earthquake and tsunami in japan is literally sending shock waves around the world tonight. as many as 1,000 people are feared dead, following the disastrous earthquake that struck not even 24 hours ago. it wiped out homes, roads, and everything else in the path. the tsunami surge ripped across the pacific to hawaii and the west coast. this video shot this morning shows the strong wave of water pouring into santa cruz harbor. the power is across the dock, and the boats are bounced around like rubble balls -- rubber balls. the tsunami warning for people in the bay area was dropped at 3:00 this afternoon. robert is live with an update on the cleanup. >> reporter: we are still here at the santa cruz harbor where there has been almost nonstop action since the tsunami rolled in this morning. there's been destruction and a will the of tense moments. >> reporter: the tsunami is not over yet. we are still seeing surging this evening, mainly because of the way the harbor funnels the water, it helps the waves gather strength as they rush in. look at the action we saw today. we would see the boats
's going to fall! >> tonight, apocalypse japan. one of the biggest earthquakes in modern history. miles of devastation. [ crashing sounds ] >> spectacular eyewitness accounts. >> it just blew up! >> what is the fallout from damaged nuclear reactors? and tsunami, nature's most incredible force. i'll talk with one man who's seen it all close up and litc d -- and lived to tell the story. tonight, are natural disasters on the rise? what if it happens here? is this country prepared for the unthinkable? live from los angeles, this is a special edition of "piers morgan tonight." good evening. i'm live from a city that's suffered numerous earthquakes but never any as big as the one that struck japan yesterday. japan right now, it's mitt morni mid morning. the extent of devastation is becoming clearer. look at the tsunami that struck at 2:46, the strong toast hit japan in recorded history. one of the strongest quakes to ever hit the planet. the death toll is likely to go into the thousands and tens of thousands more people have been forced to flee their homes. damaging aftershocks, up to 6.6 ma
it to you. >>> we have the disturbing new developments this morning from japan. one day after the strongest earthquake on record there, right now authorities are bracing for a possible meltdown at a nuke legislature power plant in the region where that quake hit. an explosion that you see right there, it destroyed a building that houses one of the reactors. officials say they fear a meltdown could be possible because two reactors at that plant have lost their cooling abilities. japan's prime minister says he is sending 50,000 troops to the hardest hit areas. meanwhile, the tremors haven't stopped. more than 165 aftershocks have been recorded. however, reports in japan today say at least 1300 people may have been killed. we have been with monitoring the situation from london. tazine, what's the latest from there? >> good morning, alex. the latest to tell you is that the government has spoken out about those radiation levels. just to recap, tokashima said the outer vessel collapsed. japan's authorities say that serious damage is unlikely. the government says the radiation levels are low. marr
history hits japan. with stunning images still emerging and international disaster, more than 1,000 feared dead, and thousands more still missing. tsunami. a wall of water up to 23 feet high sweeps the japanese mainland, carrying away whole neighborhoods still burning. tossing cars and boats like toys. and now threatening a catastrophic radiation breach at at least one nuclear plant. a special edition of "nightline" starts right now. >>> good evening. i'm bill weir. we spent the better part of the morning here at the santa monica pier waiting for a tsunami. the water arrived, just the faintest hint of the horner japan. the media reported the authorities have found 200 to 300 bodies on a beach in sendai, the city near the epicenter of yesterday's massive quake. a conservative count of the dead and missing from the quake and tsunami now at 1,000. the effort to sort through the massive disaster areas in northern japan is just beginning. take a laook at this video. an aerial of what around 24 hours ago was a town of 70,000 people. it is now completely underwater. most structures still standing
touched off a huge tsunami that swept across japan's east coast. the quake, a magnitude 8.89, was the fifth-largest in modern history. centered off japan's northeast coast, it was felt for 1,300 miles. very early reports say more than 400 people are dead. japan's kyoto news agency says the final number is expected to top one thousand. most of the victims drowned. nearly one thousand are reported injured, more than 500 are missing. and four million homes and businesses lost power. the first estimate of the damage: $10 billion. that damage includes a nuclear reactor in northeastern japan. radiation levels are soaring and the area is being evacuated. most flights between the u.s. and japan have been canceled, and there were fear it is tsunami would pound the u.s., but by the time the waves reached hawaii and the west coast this morning, they had lost most of their punch. president obama said he's heartbroken by the disaster. u.s. assistance is already on the way to japan. lucy craft is there. >> reporter: the monster quake, thought to be the largest in japan's history trigger
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the big one hits japan. a massive history-making earthquake, one of the largest ever measured, and it triggers a massive tsunami all the way to the u.s. tonight we're watching the rising death toll. a nuclear plant in trouble. the aftershocks continue. the world is watching japan and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> a special good evening to our viewers in the west tonight. as you know by now, the nation of japan has suffered a colossal historic earthquake that has caused massive damage, massive loss of life and sent ocean waters racing over land. the big quake was a magnitude 8.9, it struck at 2:46 p.m., centered 78 miles offshore. while tokyo swayed and shook and bounced for minutes on end, sending millions to shelter, sendai was the closest population center. it has been devastated. the loss of life officially so far in the hundreds will almost certainly be thousands, as thousands are missing. the quake then triggered a tsunami, water upwards of 30 feet high that swamped the japanese shoreline, moving fas
of one of japan's coastal nuclear power plants. as we look at some of the new images coming into us, japan's national police estimate at least 184 people are dead, 530 are miss, but we are certain as we watch these new images come in that that number will climb as the waters recede. some government officials, in fact, quoted in japanese media outlets predicting the death toll at a minimum will pass the 1,000 mark. there's been a little over 18 hours now. let's take a closer look. it's a magnitude 8.9 quake recorded right here off japan's eastern coast. you see the town of sendai. that was closest. tokyo down here. the hashedest hit, this flashing ring here, but vibrations all the way down throughout japan's coastal areas right here. the images are stunning. first the vibrations and the strong earthquake, the strongest on record in japan. then not long after all that shaking, the breathtaking power of the waters unleashed by a 30 foot tsunami. cars and boats, even homes tossed about like toys. look again at these images here. it is just striking the awesome, sobering power of the wat
from a horrific earthquake and tsunami. plus this. video coming out of japan is devastating and this is some of the most compelling. a roof collapse is captured in a theater. we're devoting most of this hour to the amazing video and images captured by those who witnessed it up close. i'm talking about cnn ireporters in japan. it is a special ireport newscast here. >>> and there's lots of other big news happening right here in the u.s. look at those pictures, including a tragic bus accident in new york city that killed at least 14 people. a live report just moments away. i'm don lemon, thank you for joining us. let's get you caught up on the news right now. >>> let's start in japan where the eyes of the world or on the devastation there. the clock is particularing to find survivors after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that followed. crews have rescued more than 3,000 people but thousands more are missing, nearly 10,000 in one town alone. japanese media report the death toll is more than 900, but that number is expected to rise. six million households are without
, almost instantly let's show what popped up on the internet in japan. instantly we tried to get the image up here, we're having a hard time getting it. web sites saying give us information on people who are miss, we will give you information on people we have found. technology helping find the missing in japan. we wish them the best. cnn's continuing coverage continues this disaster right now. thanks for joining us. >>> good evening, i'm eliot spitzer. all day we've been bombarded by the dramatic picture of the earthquake in judiciary committee. i want to start with video that just came in. it is much quieter than what we've seen before, but i found even more frightening. from nhk, the japanese television network. shows an aerial tour of a town in northern japan. watch and listen. >> translator: this is minamisoma city. almost everything has been washed away. there are no houses to be seen. >> translator: aren't there any people around? do you see any people? >> translator: from overhead we're looking very hard, but we have seen no one. we cannot see any people. it is hard to tell where t
. for a body in motion. >>> fox fuse alert. new fears of a nuclear melt down in japan as hundreds of aftershocks are shaking the country more than 24 hours after a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami ravage the world's most prepared nation. welcome to a brand-new hour. i'm jamie colby. >> and i'm kelly wright. there are concerns after an explosion rocked a nuclear plant. thousands living nearby are being forced to evacuate with nowhere to go and nowhere to high. adam housley streaming live from japan. adam? >> reporter: halfway between tokyo and sendai. those reactors are right near sendai. first explosion took place yesterday. we have video of the damage in the area to one of those reactors. that has caused significant concern. in fact 30 kilometer radius has been cleared and declared off-limits. we know they are stopping cars off kilometers in precaution. that is the main roadway from tokyo to sendai right along the roadway is where one of the reactors is. second problem is there, as well. we don't have a lot of details but the first one was bad enough to the point they put it a
. disaster in japan. this is a special edition of "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. reporting tonight from tokyo. >> good evening. right about now people here in japan are starting to ask themselves how much worse can things get? struck yesterday by one of the largest earths ever on record. and now this. forced to flee fr aa path of a radioactive leak. in the disaster zone itself, along the east coast, rescue efforts have been complicated by damage to a nuclear power plant. and there is late word of an emergency involving a second reactor in that complex. hundreds of bodies have been spotted along the coast. it is estimated the death toll here could reach 1,000. local news agencies report in one community alone, 9,500 people are unaccounted for. we have a lot to tell you here tonight. we want to start with nbc's lee cowan who has the latest. >> reporter: the first lifelines are being lowered into a sea of. the rescue efforts are cut by the sheer scale of the disaster. nowhere near the hands to offer. grim equation that is forcing those lucky enough to survive, into a terrible limbo. hundre
>> 1:00 a.m. tomorrow in japan. back live in japan and the entire world continue to deal with the emic disaster. shock waves are everywhere. new tsunami have been renewed after stronger after shocks. it is forcing people to leave and seek emergency shelter. a million people have no water or power. air travel to and from japan is a mess. tonight, the airport has been swamped and for the most part all but closed. major airports are hoped even though there are hundreds of flight delays and cancellations. things are happening in wisconsin. it could be high up in the head lines if not for the tragedy. union and supporters are garey -ing up for the biggest protest rally yet. we'll take you there when it kicks off. there could be 100,000's that protest the crack down on the unions signed by law. breaking news on japan first and reports at this hour that that nuclear accident in japan that crippled two power plants is serious that country's officials and not the magnitude of three mile island of this country in 1979 or chernobyl in 1986. cooling water is pumped in the existing fa
of the earthquakes themselves and the nuclear plant. talking about the first one hit. japan also is trying to get back to business and the tokyo stock exchange is set to reopen. the quake triggered a late selloff and the nikkei fell 1.7%, only getting wind of this the last 20 minutes of trading and the effects will be felt on monday, but the auto industry is still at a stand still. and honda, toyota, nissan, pretty much keeping all plants closed while they assess the damage. well, imagine living through all of this. and whether it's teaching an english class in japan when the quick hit. i think it was 2:45 or 2:46 in the afternoon when it did and tell us a little about what that was like. >> yeah, it was 2:46. and had an adult english lesson going on and it started shaking just a little. i thought it was, you know, nothing big deal. but, started to play like it was a joke and suddenly, it got really violent and started running out and started running with them. and now said, hang on, the building was shaking and i was on the fourth floor and everybody was gathering in the hall. >> neil: i've alwa
mobilizing. >> what we're seeing from japan is incomprehensible. so much damage, so much misery. these aerial pictures are from the japan broadcasting corporation nhk. you can see what the monster waves did to one area. i-reporter harrison payton sent us these pictures. it was so strong he could barely stay on his feet. japan's government says efforts to cull the reactor at the fukushima power plant. the blast injured four workers, crumbled concrete wars and is heightening fears of a nuclear meltdown. stan grant, authorities plan to give out iodine to residents in fukushima. how big a problem is this at this point? >> reporter: yeah, you're right, becky. and that iodine would work to offset the impact of any radiation. i can also bring you some reports that are circulating here in japanese media. i stress that cnn haven't independently confirmed this, but japanese authorities reporting that some workers at the plant have had exposure to radiation. this nuclear emergency became even more critical -- a loud explosion was heard. then we saw these plumes of smoke heading in to the sky. and that r
meltdown may be under way in japan right now. only hours after an explosion at that plant. a safety official tells cnn that a catastrophic failure of one reactor could be happening even as we speak with the potential for widespread radiation release. >>> also this hour, the wreckage and the search for survivors less than two full days after the monster quake. japanese media now say more than 1800 people may be dead, double the official death toll right now. and we're also told that 9500 people in a single town in japan right now they are listed as misting. >>> and the aftershocks keep coming roughly every three hours. many people in japan are said to be walking around scared, scarred and dazed. some are even wearing helmets. 6 million households don't have any power. and there are growing fears of food and gas shortages. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we want to immediately get reaction, though, to the breaking news that we're following right now. the japanese ambassador to the united st
alert. >> and it's 2:00 in the afternoon in japan. the area rocked by the massive 8.9 earthquake just getting hit again by another major earthquake this, time a 6.8 quake followed by several smaller tremblers and part of more than 125 after shocks that have taken place and will likely continue to take place for next days and weeks. there is no word on whether this latest one caused any additional damage or injuries as we take a look at the video coming in over the last 24 hours or so. hundreds of people are now confirmed dead, thousands of still missing. after the initial quake that trigger that had deadly tsunami. a badly damaged roads are making rescue attempts nearly impossible in some ports of northeastern japan. authorities are saying they just can't reach an area along the coast where up to 300 people were killed. >> and making matters worse officials are concerned at this hour about two of the country's nuclear plants, five reactor units, two of them and they're in a state of emergency. all five reactors suffering cooling problems after being shut down following the quake and p
at a nuclear plant in the earthquake-devastated region of japan. the japanese government is confirming a radiation leak has happened. and they are fighting against a nuclear meltdown. we have a live report for you from tokyo ahead. >> the massive earthquake triggering a ripple effect across the pacific hitting hawaii and governor brown if california call for a state of emergency along the northern coast including in santa cruz. >> in japan, the third largest producer of nuclear power and how trouble at the nuclear reactor could devastate global markets. friend friend hour two begins right now. >> good morning, everyone, thank you for joining us. and now you need to say glued to the show for three hours because there is so much breaking news including what is going on in japan. they are racing to prevent a meltdown after an explosion at the largest nuclear plant. the nation is getting a look at the destruction. you can see the images. >> these are new images as crews are getting out to assess the damage. adam housley is on the ground in tokyo assessing what is going on. tokyo is the sta
is falling in japan the day after the country's worst earthquake on record and the tsunami has followed. public broadcaster nhk is reporting an explosion at a nuclear power station in northeastern japan. the explosion sent white smoke rising into the air 170 kilometers from the earthquake's epicenter. and the death toll from friday's quake continues to climb. about 900 people are dead and about 700 others are missing. rescue teams have their work cut out for them. >>> well, a powerful quake, a devastating tsunami and now fears of a nuclear meltdown. that is what fukushima residents are facing after a plume of smoke rising into the air as you can see here. this following reports of a radiation leak. four workers on the ground were reportedly injured in the blast. a fuel rod may have melted after the facility's cooling system failed. residents have been evacuated a 10 kilometer radius of the plant. robert is a nuclear engineer based in chicago. he explains what went wrong. the reactors often are very easy to shut youp.. the biggest issue is removing what is called the kahii. it doesn't go
on the weather. it's been a truly ghastly day in the history of japan and a terrible day for the world. if you want to help the people of japan, then text the >>> from cnn london, i'm becky anderson. an explosion is being reported at a nuclear power station in northeastern japan. four workers reportedly injured there and the death toll is rising the day after a monster earthquake and tsunami. japan woke up to new nightmares on saturday. japanese media say radiation levels are more than eight times normal near the plants in puck chic ma. that's about 250 kilometers northeast of tokyo. we'll have much more on that story in a matter of seconds. a japanese broadcaster now reports nearly 900 people are dead following the 8.9 pag attitude quake with about seven others missing. that number is expected to go higher. this is a map of japan and this is a live look at fukushima. japan's nuke clear agency believes a fuel rod may have melted after the facility's cooling system failed. residents have been evacuated from the area and they are not alone. the cooling system has failed at a second fukushima pla
could lead to the comeback of the u.s. labor movement. we start with the earthquake in japan. an nbc news producer based in tokyo. i've been watching your coverage. i've been watching what you had to say about this and all i can tell you, i do see a lot of disaster movies. this looked real and very scary. what was it like? >> reporter: this happened 180 miles authority of tokyo. we felt it all the way down here in tokyo. it was so bad that i couldn't stand. you had to sort of crowd a little bit to not fall down. >> i just saw a picture. a picture looking through the windshield of a car, apparently on the streets up there. you know, i remember being through a very mild earthquake in northern california and if you're in a car you don't even feel it. i'm watching that car rocking and rolling, even in a car with shocks and tires you can see the action. you were watching -- tell me what you were doing, what you're going to remember when you tell your grandkids about today and yesterday. >> well, you know, obviously the pictures that have come through the aerial pictures of the tsunami i t
>>> you're watching cbs 5 eyewitness news in high definition. >>> japan's worst earthquake in recorded history leaves the country crippled. hundreds are dead, but many more are still missing and powerful aftershocks are hampering rescue efforts. >>> the 8.9 quake spawned a two story high tsunami that swept on shore and took out everything in its path. the devastation that left behind for miles inland. >>> 5,000 miles and 11 hours later, the quake power surge slammed santa cruz harbor. the damage left in its wake and why coastal communities are still on edge. >>> and another harbor to the north hit hard. how today's tsunami brought back bitter memories of another deadly disaster. >>> good evening, i'm dana king. >> and i'm ken. japan's north eastern coast tonight is a swampy waste land of broken houses, overturned cars and sludgy water. a state of emergency declared at another nuclear power plant because of cooling system failure. five reactor units are now in an unprecedented state of emergency. no radiation leaks have been detected. the official casualty toll, 236 dead. 7
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